In the undelivered speech he intended to give at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy wrote, “In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem.”
We live in a complex and difficult world but we should realize that the world has always been complex and difficult. Historically, when people feel that the challenges that they face in their own generation and lives are becoming insurmountable they tend to look for a cause for their pain, dissatisfaction, hurt or difficulty. They often decide that the cause is some “other person” or group of people and they become susceptible to believing the “simple solutions to every world problem” that those who confuse “rhetoric with reality” put forward. Continue reading ““The Lights of Learning and Reason””→
On Wednesday, Pope Francis led an inspiring launch of #SharetheJourney, a global, two-year campaign in support of migrants and refugees. He opened his arms wide in a loving gesture and said, “Christ urges us to welcome our brothers and sisters with our arms truly open, ready for a sincere embrace, a loving and enveloping embrace.”
Migrants and refugees are not after our jobs, our lives or our culture. They are looking with hope toward a brighter future for their families in collaboration and with integration into their new homeland; just as my ancestors sought the same in the mid-1700’s. Their plight is little different from those in my family who fled war, persecution and economic hardship almost three hundred years ago. Continue reading “#ShareTheJourney”→
Finally, the toxic and awful #Election2016 comes to a merciful end. Like a huge number of Americans, I find both @HillaryClinton and @realDonaldTrump to be ill suited for the presidency. According to most polls, the majority of Americans would prefer to have another option for the nation’s highest office – just about any other option! Yet, we are stuck with these two major party candidates and one of them will become the president on January 20, 2017. Continue reading “#Election2016 ends, at last!”→
So, the first day of the new world created by the #Brexit has revealed a lot. Roughly $2 trillion were stripped out of the global markets, the pound sterling hit a 36 year low against the dollar, the FTSE and DOW are down over 3% and this is being proclaimed a success for Britain. If so, what does failure look like?